Oil painting on mounted canvas (2002)
The work consists of a series of 100 letters, arranged in five columns of twenty elements which each form a text. This text refers to the Place Louise, to the metro station and to the Palais de Justice and its architect, Joseph Poelaert (1866-1883). The artist also appeals to passers-by who make the effort to concentrate on the piece, by offering them a bilingual text. But it’s not just about letters. In the predominantly blue and white letter structures and the backgrounds surrounded with red and yellow, on to which the former were placed, the beautifully refined pictoriality draws the attention, as do the diagonal brush work, the apparition of delicately superimposed layers, the subtle tones, the slightly raised aspect and the soft brushstrokes. Only an observant viewer will perceive “Droom van Poelaert” as an experience of pure expression.
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MARCEL MAEYER (1920 - 2018)
Before he gained recognition as a painter, Marcel Maeyer was an art history professor at the university of Ghent. His motive, which is the analysis of the actual process of painting, has encouraged him to seek the best pictorial qualities. Marcel Maeyer is part of the hyperrealist movement. The work of art is characterised by close-ups, unexpected cuts and a suggestion of the whole through the representation of striking detail. This is why Marcel Maeyer expresses himself in different disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpture and installations. He is particularly interested in the serial development of a theme. According to the artist, this is the only way to study a given problem in a systematic and thorough way. Maeyer accompanies his works of art with artistic commentaries and critiques in order to provide the observer with a large range of elements to enable him or her to weave a story around the work.